RULE 4: HAVE A PLAN
An emergency action plan is a very important part of preparing
for any emergency. Most people panic in a stressful situation
because they do not have a plan. Think about what you would
do in an emergency. Think about how you could you get yourself and your loved ones out of a room if the main exit was
blocked. Seconds count in an emergency and those who decide
to act quickly greatly improve their chances.
Many life threatening situations can be prevented if
emergency care is given immediately. Take time to become certified in CPR, First Aid, and Stop the Bleed Course. Knowing
what to do in an emergency can save a life.
Planning also involves things such as memorizing important
phone numbers in case you are separated from your phone. It is
also important to educate family members about what to do.
RULE 5: REPORT SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY TO AUTHORITIES
If you see something, say something! It is better to report suspicious behavior to law enforcement agencies than to ignore it.
Never assume someone else will call the authorities. Do not be
one of those people who record an emergency; instead, call 911
as soon as practical and safe.
BE AWARE AND BE SAFE
The men and woman who serve as emergency responders are
dedicated to keeping our communities safe, but they cannot be
everywhere. Implementing these five rules into your daily routine can make you safer and better prepared.
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5 Rules of Personal Security
Workers in the animal research field consider them- selves to be observant people. They know an animal is ill based on the way it is acting. They can often tell
the cage wash machine is getting ready to break down because
it is making an odd sound. Chances are, however, they do not
always use their observation skills when it comes to their personal security.
Living in civilized society allows us to spend much of our
time focusing on our safety. Violent crime has been declining in
recent years, however, bad things still happen to good people.
There are five rules you should follow to reduce the odds you
will be one of them.
RULE 1: BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS
Training ourselves to be more observant takes a little effort,
but it can make all the difference in an emergency. Unaware
people are easy marks for criminals. Do not become so overly
distracted that you lose track of your surroundings.
RULE 2: KNOW THE LAYOUT OF THE ROOM YOU ARE IN
There are some things you should know about every room you
enter. The most important thing is to know the locations of each
exit from the room. Most people only note the way they entered
a room. Think about how many alternative exits exist and
where they lead to.
You should also note the furniture and layout of the room.
Know which items could provide cover in an emergency.
The difference between cover and concealment is that cover
will offer some protection against projectiles such as bullets.
Concealment will only hide you, but offers no protection.
RULE 3: TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS
Intuition can be a powerful tool, but most of us ignore our inner
voice when it comes to social settings. If something does not
feel right, it is probably because the subconscious mind is alerting us to that something is out abnormal or unusual. Listen to
your inner voice!
Oftentimes, people give into social pressure or act because
they are afraid of offending someone. For example, if a stranger
asks you to borrow your phone to make an emergency phone
call… do you hand it over? Perhaps you should tell them you
will dial it for them rather than be separated from your phone.
Too often people put themselves in uncomfortable situations to
avoid hurting someone’s feelings. Never compromise your personal security.